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Markús Skeggjason (Mark)

12th century; volume 2; ed. Jayne Carroll;

Eiríksdrápa (Eirdr) - 32

Skj info: Markús Skeggjason, Isl. lovsigemand og skjald, d. 1107. (AI, 444-53, BI, 414-21).

Skj poems:
1. Eiríksdrápa
2. Knútsdrápa(?)
3. Kristsdrápa(?)
4. Lausavísur

Markús Skeggjason (Mark) was the son of Skeggi Bjarnason and possibly a brother of the poet Þórarinn Skeggjason (ÞSkegg). He was lawspeaker in Iceland from 1084 until his death on 15 October 1107. In Íslendingabók (Íslb, ÍF 1, 22) he is named as an important informant for Ari Þorgilsson about the lives of the earlier lawspeakers in Iceland. He had gained this information from his brother, father and grandfather. Markús appears to have had close ties to the Church: during his time as lawspeaker, and with his guidance, Gizurr Ísleifsson, bishop of Skálholt (1081-1118), established the Icel. tithe laws (ÍF 1, 22). Markús was among the most respected poets in the canon of the C13th and he is cited often in SnE and TGT (see below).

In Skáldatal, Markús is associated with S. Knútr Sveinsson of Denmark (d. 1086), Eiríkr inn góði ‘the Good’ Sveinsson of Denmark (d. 1103), and Ingi Steinkelsson of Sweden (d. 1110) (SnE 1848-87, III, 252, 258, 260, 267, 271, 283, see also 348-53). An extended hrynhent poem about Eiríkr (Mark Eirdr), composed after his death in 1103, and one helmingr about ‘Sveinn’s brother’, probably S. Knútr (Mark KnútdrIII), survive, alongside one helmingr and a couplet from a possible drápa about Christ (Mark KristdrIII) and two lvv. (Mark Lv 1-2III). Aside from Eirdr, all of Markús’s extant poetry is transmitted in SnE or TGT, and it has been edited in SkP III.

Eiríksdrápa (‘Drápa about Eiríkr’) — Mark EirdrII

Jayne Carroll 2009, ‘(Introduction to) Markús Skeggjason, Eiríksdrápa’ in Kari Ellen Gade (ed.), Poetry from the Kings’ Sagas 2: From c. 1035 to c. 1300. Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages 2. Turnhout: Brepols, pp. 432-60.

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Skj: Markús Skeggjason: 1. Eiríksdrápa, o. 1104 (AI, 444-52, BI, 414-20); stanzas (if different): 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 | 31 | 32

SkP info: II, 458-9

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29 — Mark Eirdr 29II

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 1005x Andar krafdi v̇t J londum  allstyrandi konginn | sniallann  elle beider of vægur stilli  alldrej stryd  er | freigid er vyda  sydann harma siklings dauda  snia|ller menn vm heims bygd alla . draup heimur enn dol|gum steyper  dygguann þotti verolld hryggia .   [TW]  edit 
  Andar krafdi ut i löndum | allz-styrandi Konung sniallan, | elli beid-at of-vægr stillir, | alldr-strid er þat fregit vida: | sidan harma siklings dauda | sniallir menn um heims bygd alla, | drupir herr at dolga steypi | dyggvan, þat tær verölld hryggva.   [JC]  edit 
 873x Andar krafdi ut i lø᷎ndum | allz styrandi konung sniallan | elli beid ad ofuęgr stillir | alldr strid er þat fregid uida | sidan harma siklings dauda | sniallir menn um heims bygd alla | drupir heʀ at dolga steypi | dygguan þat tør uerolld hryggua. |   [VEÞ]  edit 
 180b Anndar krafde ut j londum · allz styrande konungínn sníallan elle beidir of uægr stillir · alldr stri | d er fregit er uida · sidan harma siklings dauda . sníallir menn um heims bygd alla · drupir heimr en dolgum sty |pir dyggan þotte uerolld hrygua ·   [JC]  edit 
 20b II Andar krafði vtt i londum allz | styrandi konung sniallan elli beið at of væ || [...]   [JC]  edit 

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